Largely due to the fact that none of the declared Democratic 2020 candidates have really captured the hearts of the American people, some hoped that former First Lady Michelle Obama would enter the race at the last moment. It’s just a dream, as Obama has repeatedly declared she has no intention of running for president.
But if she did, it’s likely she’d be an instant frontrunner, thanks to her enduring popularity. For the second year in a row, Michelle Obama has been named the “most admired” woman in the world in Gallup’s annual survey.
Michelle Obama “most admired” woman
This year’s respondents were polled between Dec. 2-15 with an open-ended, fill-in-the-blank question about which living man and woman they most admired.
Michelle Obama topped the list with 10% of the votes, down from the 15% she had received last year. She beat out current First Lady Melania Trump on the list, who came in second with 5% of the votes.
The rest of the top five, each of whom received 3% of the votes, included talk show host Oprah Winfrey, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.
The six other women who rounded out the top 10 — there was a tie for 10th place — all received 1-2% of the votes and included: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Obama compared to Clinton, Trump
In 2018, Michelle Obama took the top spot from fellow former First Lady Hillary Clinton, who held the top spot as “most admired” woman from 2002-2017.
At just 3%, Clinton’s support is a far cry from the mid-teens and even low-20s she received in years past.
Meanwhile, Melania Trump’s level of support has risen substantially to 5% this year from 4% in 2018 and just 1% in 2017 — and that’s without any help from the media.
Obama bests Democrat candidates
The survey reflects that Obama is still, by far, more popular than any of the Democrat women in the running for their party’s presidential nomination.
Warren only received 1% support, as did fellow 2020 candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and former candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who is still in the running, was not mentioned at all.
Considering Obama’s 10% support as compared to the 3% for Clinton — who is also persistently floated as a potential late candidate for president — and the 1% or less for the other female candidates, it isn’t a stretch to surmise that Obama would rock the primaries if she were to change her mind.